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Pumpkin pie

The Secret to Making Pumpkin Pie

Did you know America’s favorite pumpkin pie is made with 100% butternut squash? Thousands of acres of butternut squash are grown outside Libby’s pumpkin processing factory in Illinois. Buttercup squash, which originated in North Dakota, is also prized for its flavor. 
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Apple Harvest SeasonRipe apple on branch

It's apple picking time! The sun is shining, the air is crisp and cool, and our apple trees are loaded with fruit. It's a great time of the year! After a disappointing crop in 2015, many growers are reporting a bumper crop of apples this year. Most apple cultivars are ready to harvest. 
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The Grand Finale!'Inca' chrysanthemum

When you watch a fireworks show on the 4th of July, do you notice how they always save the best fireworks for last? It's called the Grand Finale! In flower beds, the Grand Finale is provided by mums. While the flowers of summer fade, all of a sudden we see a big burst of colors exploding from our mums!
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Big, Bold Tulips'Apeldoorn Elite' Darwin hybrid tulip

Do you want a brilliant landscape next spring? Think tulips. No other flower in spring can match tulips for their bright and showy colors. Darwin hybrid tulips boast the biggest blooms on sturdy plants. The vigorous bulbs bloom for many years; longer than any other standard tulip.
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Maximizing the HarvestTomatoes

Our gardens look great now. Let's keep the harvest going as strong as possible and as long as possible. Maximize yields by harvesting regularly and confronting pests and frost.
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Landscaping in Salty Soils

Plants struggle in saline soils. Salts burn plant roots and contribute to poor aeration and poor drainage. Select plants that tolerate this harsh environment, irrigate deeply, mulch plants, and improve soil structure with additions of organic matter.
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Ohio Buckeye: A Mysterious, Magnificent TreeOhio buckeye flower spike 

Are you looking for an extraordinary tree? The Ohio buckeye will fascinate you with its yellow flower spikes, tropical palmate leaves, and spiny nuts. Superior hybrids are available with vivid fall color and superior resistance to leaf scorch.
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Emerald Ash Borer Awareness No EAB logo

The following articles will help you become more aware of emerald ash borer, a major threat to ash trees in North Dakota: Overview and Background; Signs and Symptoms; EAB and Firewood; Financial Impact and the Value of TreesLet's Diversify Our Tree Plantings;EAB and Insecticides. 


Featured Publications and Videos

BeeBee-utiful Landscapes: Growing a Pollinator Garden

We can support local bee populations by planting a pollinator garden. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely use pesticides.
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Download presentation, and handouts: Perennials by Flowering Season and NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification

Spotted Wing Drosophila

Integrated Pest Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila has become a major pest of soft-skinned fruits (raspberries, cherries and strawberries) in North Dakota. The small fly lays its eggs into fruits. The larvae feed inside the fruits causing spoilage. Learn how to identify and manage this pest.  
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Keeping Fruits and Vegetables Fresh and Safe from Plate to PaletteStrawberies

Fruits and vegetables are nutritious parts of the diet, but you need to take some food safety precautions. Contaminated foods have been linked with illness outbreaks.
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Planting Trees in North DakotaPlanting trees

When planted properly, trees can live far beyond our lifetimes, providing shade and beauty. If planted incorrectly, trees become a liability or die prematurely. This publication describes types of tree stock, timing considerations, planting methods and post-planting care.
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Tree Diagnostic ServicesIron chlorosis

This series of 23 cards will help you diagnose common tree disorders in North Dakota. The cards contain diagnostic photos, host range, symptoms and signs, and management tips.
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Tree Fruits Culture and Cultivarsapples on tree

Growing your own fruit can be fascinating and fun. Many types of fruit trees, including apple, pear, plum and cherry, can grow in North Dakota. This publication describes provides an overview of cultural practices and describes cultivars recommended for North Dakota.
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Photos were made available under Creative Commons licenses specified by the photographers: Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons; Michael E.; University of Minnesota, David L. Hansen ('Inca' chrysanthemum); Angelskiss31j_arlecchinoJulia Adamson; R.W. Smith, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Pascal Gaudette; Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University,; Estelle Pizer; Tom Kalb, North Dakota State University; and Jon RB. For questions on this webpage, please contact .

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